With this demonstration project, the researchers plan to develop a Web portal and an implementation roadmap that can eventually be put into practice on a wide scale — for F/A-18s as well as other planes and weapon systems.
"The beauty of the concept is that it pairs speed and precision," Gabriel said. "If you don't know exactly what you have or where it is, it's lost, so you order it again to be safe. This new approach offers the kind of efficiency that is vital in an era of tightening budgets." He says the savings could run to tens of billions of dollars.
The Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise, based in the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, strengthens connections among government, business, academic and nonprofit sectors in order to address complex public policy problems and speed improvements in the management and delivery of public services.
For another take on the U.S. military's supply chain, read the in depth article, Lessons from the Operation Iraqi Freedom Theater Distribution Center to Improve Your Supply Chain Operations , written by Joseph Walden, CFPIM, Colonel, US Army, Retired.